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Guidelines for Proposal Submissions


Merit, Pilot (SPiRE), and CDA1 and CDA2 Career Development, Research Career Scientist (RCS), and Senior Research Career Scientist (SRCS) applications must be submitted via electronic submission through and eRA Commons; no other submissions (i.e. paper, CD, e-mail, etc) will be accepted. Funding announcements with specific instructions for electronic submission are available in the RFA and Program Announcements section of the ORD Intranet (copy and paste this link into your browser:

A Letter of Intent (LOI) is required each review cycle, including resubmissions and revisions for Merit, Pilot (SPiRE), and CDA1 and CDA2, and RCS and SRCS applications. LOIs are to be submitted electronically in a single PDF to .

The submission dates in the Merit Review handbooks are under revision. In the interim, investigators should use the following schedule for all submissions to RR&D, including Career Development & Research Career Scientist
Please see Submission Calendar

Merit Review Handbook VHA 1203-1

Appendix A: Instructions for Submitting a Letter of Intent to RR&D Service

Appendix B: Preparing a Proposal Submission

Appendix C: Instructions for Submitting an Appeal

Appendix D: Publication Policy

Appendix E: Guidelines for Submission of Progress Reports and Narrative Summaries

Appendix F: Guidelines for the Submission of Final Reports

Appendix G: Merit Review Travel

Instructions for Preparing and Submitting Requests for Off-site Waivers

Merit Review Forms